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TITLE
The Destitution Road (between Gairloch and Ullapool)
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0571
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32493
KEYWORDS
postcards
poverty
potato famine
roads
The Destitution Road (between Gairloch and Ullapool)

This postcard shows the destitution road between Gairloch and Ullapool.

During the 1840s there was great poverty in the Highlands. The failure of the potato crop in 1846 meant starvation for the people. The Central Board for the Destitute Highlands was set up and paid for various improvement projects. The 'destitution roads', such as this lonely road across the moor, were built by labourers in return for food.

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The Destitution Road (between Gairloch and Ullapool)

1950s

postcards; poverty; potato famine; roads

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the destitution road between Gairloch and Ullapool.<br /> <br /> During the 1840s there was great poverty in the Highlands. The failure of the potato crop in 1846 meant starvation for the people. The Central Board for the Destitute Highlands was set up and paid for various improvement projects. The 'destitution roads', such as this lonely road across the moor, were built by labourers in return for food.